Percocet Medication for Pain
Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription narcotic drug approved for treating moderate to moderately severe pain. Healthcare providers will often prescribe Percocet following a surgery, dental procedure, or injury. The medication can also sometimes be used to treat migraines, chronic pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain.
Percocet comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth, usually every six hours as needed for pain. Occasionally, it is also taken on a scheduled basis (all depending on your healthcare provider's instructions). You must be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose of Percocet, as this could lead to overdose symptoms or to poisoning from the acetaminophen component of the drug, which can cause liver failure.
People may become addicted to Percocet. In fact, this is a commonly abused drug because it is readily available and inexpensive, especially in generic form. However, it is important to distinguish between actual abuse of a drug and a physical dependence on it. People who abuse the drug and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
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